Freedom and Death is Kazantzakis’s modern Iliad. Nikos Kazantzakis was born in in Herakleion on the island of Crete. During the. FREEDOM OR DEATH 1 NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS FREEDOM OR DEATH By Nikos Kazantzakis First published in Dear Friends, this is a backup copy of the. Zorba The Greek () and The Greek Passion () brought Kazantzakis critical attention and this new translation proves him to be among the major writers.

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Tensions between the natives and the Turks build until they erupt and send Michales into the mountains to make war.

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He seems to pretty much wilfully deny himself any joy or pleasure in life, any lighthearted fun, as if this somehow hurt the cause that the lives for, i. This is much more than a story about a long-ago niikos on a distant island. The Kkazantzakis of God I had a curious dewth while reading these last scenes of the story; rationally I know what utter madness and insanity such a suicidal struggle is and it seems to me that Michales knew this as wellbut at the same time I can almost feel my feet being lifted off solid ground and transported into some sort of atavistic fog in which blood spurts all round and a pointless and suicidal fight to the bitter end is somehow glorious, splendid and commendable.

This site uses cookies. Words of these events get around, heads grow hotter on both sides, leading to more violence among people who have no personal involvement in the original feud but are motivated by ethnic hatred; 7.

Sunday, November 19, 3: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The Turks are also interested in ending the uprising quickly, preferrably with the Greeks laying down their arms voluntarily rather than only after a complete and utter massacre, because the latter might attract unwelcome attention and interference from the Great Powers cf.

Thus when I saw this copy of Freedom and Death in a bookstore at a wonderfully low price, and also saw that the blurb on the back cover seems quite promising, I bought it without much hesitation.

In the UK the book was published as Freedom and Deathwhich were the last words in the book.

Faber and Faber, However, the person who gets the most attention in the novel is one Captain Michales. It seems to be chiefly with a view to washing away his shame at having left his post during the defense of the monastery that he later decides to continue fighting even when there is no hope left and all the other leaders detah the revolt accept the fact that it’s better to end the fighting and wait again for the deth opportunity Damn, once again I wade through an English translation without having bothered to check whether a Slovenian one is also available.



You are commenting using your WordPress. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Every few months Michales invites a few acquaintances to a feast lasting a whole week, during which he forces them as well as himself to drink almost without interruption; but the drink doesn’t seem to affect him, and he merely sits glumly and enjoys a kind of dark sense of contempt at the sight of the antics and carousings of his drunken companions 3.

There was a problem adding your email address. My favorite is Zorba the Greek, definitely: It is one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature which has been translated and published in several languages.

It is thought that the book’s title honours Kazantzakis’ father Michalis Kazantzakis, by whom the writer was inspired.

# Freedom or Death by Nikos Kazantzakis | 1 Year, Books

This is a story about freedom of spirit. Most of the inhabitants are Greek, although there are also some Turks even in the countryside. The central kazantzakie lies between Michaeles, a Greek leader, and his blood brother, Nuri Bey, whose mistress would possess Michaeles.

Notify me of new posts via email. I suppose that a more experienced reader than me would probably say that these are merely old tricks of the genre, but I was almost truly touched by that scene. Eventually, massacres begin to occur 8. Michales decides to try to capture her back, but in order to do this, he has to temporarily withdraw himself and some of his fighters from the defence of a besieged Greek monastery Each man uncovers his true self when faced with these overwhelming odds.

The novel gives us many interesting glimpses into the life of a Cretan town in the late 19th century. Rather, there is always a certain amount of violence and crime, much of it crossing the ethnic lines, and much of it motivated by the idea of taking revenge for some previous act.

It’s the movie that made sirtaki kasantzakis famous. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Kazantzakis is a native of Crete, and this book is certainly a powerful evocation hikos the spirit of his native island. Anyway, despite all this, the Cretan Greeks are rather fanatically determined to liberate themselves from Turkish rule; every now and then, they organise an uprising against the Turks, although these risings are always suppressed 2.


First The Name of the Roseand now this.

Through brilliant characterization, Kazantzakis shows us the many conflicting urges that pester the spirits of men. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Michales therefore feels responsible for the fall of the monastery and the death of its deaty although it isn’t obvious to me that freeedom presence of him and his handful of people would have made so much of a differencehe is also criticised by others for having left his post, and he is probably acutely ashamed of having done all that on account of a mere woman Set against this backdrop, feeedom novel presents a number of little strands of story as we encounter numerous characters several times in the book and thus get the chance to observe their path through the tumultous events.

Where men are men, women are scarce, and sheep are nervous. Notify me of new comments via email. Captain Michalis Cover of the second edition in Greek, Athens Be the first to discover new talent! This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Retrieved from ” https: The word Captain is not used in its naval rank sense, but as the title of leader of guerilla group the writer’s father Michalis Kazantzakis was a leader of such a group, hence the title.

At the time when the novel opens, there has been an uneasy peace for several years. The last few pages of the novel are delightfully cathartic, a glorious bloodbath, like a movie scene in slow-motion, and in the background you can almost hear the sort kazantazkis pompous choral music that would typically accompany such a scene on a movie soundtrack.

The original title of the book was Captain Michalesand the hero of the book carries that name. He and his fellow palikars know that they are fighting a losing war. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This book definitely did not disappoint. What sort of vengeance is that? Violence continues; there is an abortive Greek revolt against Turkish rule; Michaeles deserts his post to rescue Nuri Bey’s mistress, is seduced by her and, horrified by his disloyalty, kills her and returns for a last-ditch battle:

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